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Anti-Choice Group Sues Jackson, Mississippi, Police Department, Claiming Free Speech Violations

An anti-choice protest in Jackson, Mississippi, as depicted in the trailer for the film The Last Clinic.

The complaint cites incidents dating back to 1996 in which the Jackson police detained, threatened arrest, and arrested Pro-Life Mississippi members while protesting what is today the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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Massachusetts Clinic Protection Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has supported SD 2106 from the beginning and is expected to sign it.

The legislation was filed in direct response to the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley decision, which found Massachusetts’ 35-foot buffer zone law to be unconstitutional. Gov. Deval Patrick has supported the legislation from the beginning and is expected to sign it.

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After Hobby Lobby, Democratic Legislators Push Anew for Equal Rights Amendment

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), speaking, with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-CA) at a rally Thursday morning in front of the Supreme Court.

Democratic legislators and women’s rights advocates called out the Supreme Court as they rallied to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal rights to women.

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Anti-Choice Groups Seek to Stack State Courts

Stung by the wave of state court cases consolidating marriage equality across the country, conservative groups in many states are now focusing on judicial elections to ensure the array of laws they’ve passed are upheld when challenged in state courts.

Stung by the wave of state court cases consolidating marriage equality across the country, conservative groups in many states are now focusing on judicial elections to ensure the array of laws they’ve passed are upheld when challenged in state courts.

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Montana Judge Censured for Suggesting Teenage Rape Victim Partly to Blame for Attack

The Montana Supreme Court publicly declared District Judge G. Todd Baugh guilty of misconduct in the case of a Billings teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

The Montana Supreme Court publicly declared District Judge G. Todd Baugh guilty of misconduct in the case of a Billings teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

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Obama Administration Says It’s Revising Birth Control Benefit Accommodation

The administration has announced it is revising the process for religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of providing insurance plans that cover birth control for their employees.

The administration has announced it is revising the process for religiously affiliated nonprofits to opt out of providing insurance plans that cover birth control for their employees.

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Federal Appeals Courts Split on Obamacare Subsidies. Now What?

Two rulings released within minutes of each other Tuesday show that the legal fight over health-care reform is not about the law but rather about the politics of the Affordable Care Act.

Two rulings released within minutes of each other Tuesday show that the legal fight over health-care reform is not about the law but rather about the politics of the Affordable Care Act.

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Federal Appeals Court Considers Idaho’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

A panel of judges is considering overturning a lower court's ruling that the state's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional.

A panel of judges is considering overturning a lower court’s ruling that the state’s 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional.

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Wisconsin Judge Clarifies Medication Abortion Restrictions

The ruling clarifies that doctors do not need to be present for patients taking the second of a two-dose regime for a medication abortion.

The ruling clarifies that doctors do not need to be present for patients taking the second of a two-dose regime for a medication abortion.

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First Woman Charged Under Tennessee’s New Pregnancy Criminalization Law

Chris Hayes reports on the first woman in Tennessee charged under the state’s new law that, advocates say, criminalizes pregnant women struggling with drug dependency. Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, explains why the law is “bad policy.” [via MSNBC]

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